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Woodsman, The


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Somber but mesmerizing film about a convicted pedophile (Kevin Bacon, in a terrific performance) who, after serving his 12-year sentence, attempts to reform his life by taking a job in a lumberyard, forming a romantic relationship with a tough but understanding woman (Kyra Sedgwick), while coping with harassment from his outraged co-workers, a suspicious police detective (Mos Def) who hounds him, subtle and overt ostracism by his family, and his own personal demons which threaten to bring him back to his old ways. First-time director Nicole Kassell's compelling drama (based on a play by Steven Fechter) provides genuine insight into the mind-set of a pedophile, without glamorizing the crime or making Bacon's character unduly sympathetic, though the occasionally stagy dialogue betrays the script's theatrical origins. Rough and crude language, partial nudity, a couple of sexual situations involving adults and thematic material. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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